Happy 20th Birthday Ultima Online! Origin's long-lasting MMO reached its 20th anniversary with a big bash in Virginia this weekend to celebrate. It's wonderful to see that they still have a vibrant community that's still committed to the game and fandom after all these years. None other than Richard Garriott and Starr Long, who brought the game to life at Origin in 1997, were in attendance to celebrate with fellow fans. In recent years, the game has been spun off to be independently run by Broadsword, and this arrangement seems to have been a success. The company has a tight focus on keeping the game world going without some of the pressures that it might face under direct scrutiny by EA. They also maintain Dark Age of Camelot, another classic MMO. And although there hasn't been a formal expansion in quite some time, there's still plenty of ongoing content. A new "event arc," The Shattered Obelisk, just kicked off! Here's to many more years of continued success!
Rock Paper Shotgun added this great quote by Petra Fyde:
“[Ultima] endures because it is diverse, appealing to many different people with many different play types and makes no demands. Basically you do what you want, when you want, if you want. You don’t have to commit to hours online while undertaking a ‘raid’. You can log in for 10 minutes and still feel you’ve achieved something. It endures because players have ‘ownership’ of property, they have houses which they have built and furnished, they ‘live’ in UO. There’s a sense of presence here.”
Sounds like a great place to be!
Happy Father's Day
Many countries celebrate Father's Day today, and we know a lot of Wing Commander fans have recently become dads out there. My little one just turned 16 months old, and I'm happy to that see she grabs a controller and starts pushing buttons whenever she gets a chance.The CIC is more of a news site than a blog, but it's also a community hub more than anything, and it feels right to share this personal story with the community. (2018-06-17)
The Attack Begins... Soon
There's tons of great Wing Commander fan projects out there, but it's not every day that we get a teaser for a new one. FekLeyrTarg has had a hand in quite a few different endeavors over the years, and his latest will be a new short fan film. Projects like these have been proposed a number of times over the years, but we haven't seen very many come to fruition. (2018-06-16)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Surprised Koala
Too soon? (2018-06-16)
Wing Commander's Better than Super Mario Brothers
Who knew IMDB made little video shorts? They've just posted a clip to celebrate the recent 25th birthday of the Super Mario Brothers movie. It talks a bit about why the film was the way it was and how it was critically panned. (2018-06-15)
Games on Film Covers Wing Commander
The Games on Film podcast has recorded an episode that's all about Wing Commander. They spend more than 80 minutes talking about the franchise's background and the environment that existed in 1999. Then the commentators spend quite a bit of time talking through the highs and lows of the film itself. (2018-06-14)